For the safety of our guests, The Splash Pad, our outdoor children's play area, is closed through spring 2017 as we complete construction of the Mosaic Center and enhancements to our outdoor plaza area. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Discover more with Evening Tide Talks!

Please join us for our complimentary lecture series, featuring world renowned scientists, photographers, explorers, researchers and more while enjoying complimentary food, beer, and wine at The Florida Aquarium!

For a listing of all 2016/2017 Tide Talks speakers, please click here.

We are proud to partner with the Tampa Bay Arts and Education Network! For on-demand videos of past speakers, visit

Upcoming Evening Tide Talk

Saving the Ocean's Tigers: Shark Conservation at The Florida Aquarium

Dr. Kathy Heym, Director of Animal Health at The Florida Aquarium
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Complimentary reception: 5:45p.m.
Featured presentation: 6:15p.m.

You must reserve your seat for this free event. CLICK HERE to RSVP

For questions or for more information, please call 813-273-4015

Global shark populations are declining due to environmental and human-related impacts. Sand tiger sharks are particularly vulnerable due to their slow rate of maturity and low fecundity rate. The Florida Aquarium has activated a network of partners focused on creating sustainable populations of sand tiger sharks in managed care as well as protecting wild populations by utilizing expertise of veterinarians and animal care specialists that work with these large apex predators every day.

As a young budding veterinarian and a SCUBA diver with a fascination for the ocean, Dr. Kathy has been fortunate to find a career that blends both passions. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 and has since been working in the field of aquatic animal medicine. Prior to The Florida Aquarium, she was a staff veterinarian at Sea World Orlando and a diagnostician and research veterinarian in the ornamental aquaculture industry at University of Florida’s Tropical Aquaculture Lab. With an “exam room” that is often underwater, patients have varied from neon tetras to beluga whales and everything in between! She has been a part of the Aquarium’s conservation initiatives for over a decade and finds it rewarding to apply her credentials to efforts that directly and positively impact wild populations.

From building positive relationships with the Florida Aquarium’s sharks to field efforts to assess and tag wild sand tiger sharks, come learn how we hope to save this ecologically important marine species.